You did it! You made it through the endless home searches, the negotiations, the grueling contracts – your home is now officially yours. So, now what? Take a look at 8 things you should be doing once you’ve bought your new home.
1. The Big Honey-Do List
This is the time when you want to get a solid maintenance list in order. Before you even start to move your furniture over to the new house, start figuring out what needs to be fixed, cleaned out, or updated. This is especially true if you bought a “fix-me-upper.” Whether you’re going to be doing the work yourself or hiring a professional, it’ll be much easier to get everything done in an empty home. This kind of list may include, but not limited to:
- HVAC Maintenance
- Air Filter Replacements
- Heat and Air Conditioning Maintenance
- Figuring Out Window Treatment
- New flooring
2. Get Your Home Secure
This is also a perfect time to get your home secured. Just like feeling at home in your new house is important, you also want to feel safe. While you’re walking around making your list, also mark out safety concerns. How durable are the windows, doors, railings, stairs, and/or electrical outlets in your new home? Do you feel any of these are going to need to be replaced? Check to see how hot the water gets. Is it too hot? You may need to get your water heater adjusted.
Its also a good idea during this time to get the locks changed, maybe invest in an outdoor lighting system, and/or get a security system installed. You’re also going to want to figure out where things are such as the gas shut-off valve, circuit breaker, sub pumps – just in-case of emergencies. If you really want to stay ahead of the game, you can also get a solid emergency contact list together. This could be trusted contractors, plumbers, emergency family contacts – anything that’s going to make an emergency fix or situation run much smoother.
3. Deep Clean
So, your done with the maintenance, the installations, the painting. You’ve had people coming in and out of your home since the time it was on the market until now. Why not invest in a professional service to come in and do a deep clean of your new home. Move into your home with an actual fresh start.
4. Get Your Utilities Set Up
Take a day to get all of your utilities in order and figure out a payment schedule. Get to know your payments over the next few months and get an idea of whats normal and whats not. This way, if you have issues such as a leaky sink, pipe break, or a misread meter, you can catch it quick and get it resolved even quicker.
5. Get Your Documents Together
Another huge time saver is having all of your documents in order. Find a safe and secure place to store all of your housing documents such as your deed and signing contract. You’re also going to want to get keep any receipts and warranties for home purchases you’ve made. As you make big purchases (such as appliance) make sure you keep track of your date of purchase and whatever kind of warranty is offered on the product. This way, if you run into any issues down the road, you can easily figure out what you can do about it and whats covered.
6. Pest Control
Whether you’ve already noticed a couple creepy crawlers lurking around or you just want to stay ahead of any critter issues – now is a great time to call in pest control. They can take care of any issues you may already have before you move in your belongings. They can also get a plan together to keep problems at bay. Either way, one quick appointment can give you a lifetime of piece of mind.
7. Move In!
Here’s the step you’ve been waiting for since before you even knew when and where it was going to happen. It’s move-in day! Pack-up the U-Haul and head over to your new home. To make this process a quick and painless one, try and organize your belongings before hand. Mark boxes and pack the truck by grouping items by the room they’ll be going in. Did you hired a moving company? If so, make sure you do a thorough inspection of all your personal belongings before and after they move them. This way, if there is any damage during the move, you can take care of it right away.
8. Get to Know Your Neighborhood
Now that you’re all settled in, why not take a little time to get to know your new neighbors? You can even use easy ice breakers such as asking about the trash day schedule, important snow removal information, or any interesting events happening around town. It might also help to feel more settled in by just taking a day to drive or walk around your new neighborhood. Get to know the roads and shops in the area. Find different routes to get to and from your house and figure out which one you like best.